Michelle works here in our office. Here's her experience in her own words being a patient at Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute:
"I have had running pain for YEARS. I love running, and I just kind of accepted that it was something that also really hurt my body and I just had to do it in moderation. When I ran I'd get bad pain in my shin bones, shin muscles and knees. I'd been to so many doctors and tried everything. I tried strengthening exercises for my shins, stretches, icing, braces, massage, even running with this crazy harness thing hanging over a treadmill to keep some of my weight off my legs. I've been to physical therapists, doctors, radiologists, trying to find the source of and hopefully solution to my pain. Nothing ever helped much.
Dr. Gibson examined my gait for about 2 minutes and instantly saw the problem. I have a slightly low arch, so my feet roll inward. It turns my ankle, and pulls on my shins and knees. He prescribed orthotics. I started using them not really thinking about it. I noticed immediately that I was less fatigued when I ran. Dr. Gibson said this was because I was running more efficiently since everything was properly aligned. (My feet weren't rolling, I wasn't stepping gingerly to avoid pain.)
I noticed I started getting a lot stronger and was able to run a lot further than I had been in the past. I accredited it to myself :) Until one time, I ran without my orthotics in my shoes. My knees and shins started hurting just like they always used to!! I only ran for about 20 minutes before I had to stop. I remembered how I always used to have to do that, and realized the orthotics really were helping me! I can't explain how awesome it is to run pain free now, because I truly thought running was just painful and it was something I'd have to deal with for the rest of my life. Now I know that I don't :) Running pain free is a reality for me now. I'm even thinking of training for a marathon, because I've become so much stronger and better at distance, because I can really push myself to my personal limits, instead of just quitting when the pain becomes too much. It's been awesome:) I'm so grateful to Dr. Gibson, and I really recommend orthotics to anyone who is having trouble with running pain."